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Knit Graffiti

I came across this lovely, cozy tree on my way home from bar trivia the other night. My team, “Merlot Rider,” had just faced a difficult loss and I was feeling pretty down until I came across this knitted street art and I was reminded of how much I love the weird shit that knitters do.

Shit That I Knit Blog | Knit Grafitti

A Cozy tree in Livermore, CA.

The phenomenon of wrapping up public objects in knitted pieces is known as knit graffiti, or yarn bombing. Bike racks, poles, bridge cables, rocks, trees...anything goes.

Shit like this reminds me that knitting is no longer just associated with kindly, elderly folk. Knitters can be creative, fun, and ballsy people.

While honestly, I am way too stingy to leave my expensive yarn on trees, I am in extreme favor of taking knitting to the streets.

Knit in public, people! #Freetheneedle! Let's start a revolution!

XOXO, 

The STIK Clique

A Knitta Dinnah From an Outsider’s Perspective

Shit That I Knit Blog | Knitta Dinnah

So you’ve heard us yammer on about what a great community we have and how we all like one another and we share knitting secrets and compare gauges and blah blah blah. So here’s an outsider’s perspective on what we’re really like.

Grady Ross just moved to Boston and was invited to our last knitta dinnah through a mutual friend. She took the time to write shit about us. Here are her thoughts on our team in her own words.

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My First Knitta Dinnah or,The Night I Learned To Wield The Metaphorical Knitting Needle Inside Me To Fend Off The Haters

I'm 25 and just moved to Boston. What a great city, the city of baked beans, Red Sox, and freedom. But despite my affinity for swan boats and Peskey Poles, it's none of these wonders of the Cradle of Liberty that brought me here.

I'm here in pursuit of education. I'm going to learn things, much like the wicked smaahht alumni of Harvard and MIT who have come before me.

I'm going to learn to make dresses.

I'm enrolled in a program for fashion design, and it feels like something I have to admit: rather than a declaration, this announcement feels like a sheepish, head-hanging, feet shuffling concession of guilt, like "yes, I am taking my potential and throwing it down the drain like I should have done with that bottle of wine two bottles of wine ago."

I love beautiful clothing and designs, but the pursuit of a spot in the fashion world feels embarrassing to me.  As a woman who resents a lot of the roles that women have been assigned, it feels almost superficial and archaic to concern myself with pretty things.

Which brings me, long-windedly, to Sh*t That I Knit. In this case, my gratuitous yammering on self serves a purpose. It is important for me to get personal in this recollection of my first meeting of Christina and the  Knittas, because STIK is a personal company embarking on a very personal mission. It is a company that means something to people. It means something to me. What do I mean?

I went to the most recent Knitta Dinnah having scored an invitation by a lucky connection via mutual friends. This friend has kept me abreast of the company since its inception, and I've been increasingly intrigued. With sights on breaking into the apparel industry myself, I wanted to get a look at Christina's very unique business model: plus, the product is TO DIE, and I like to be as close as possible to beautiful clothing. Christina's family graciously hosted me and a dozen other young women, all employees of the company with the exception of myself, at their beautiful home in Boston, where we were treated to charcuterie and wine and grilled vegetables and wine and chicken and salmon and wine and homemade desserts, and wine. At first, it felt very much like girls' night, like a girls' night in the movies that you watch and think, "I wish I had friends." It felt like a gathering through which women might stereotype themselves, like going to Whole Foods in your Lulu Lemons, or post-breakup Ben & Jerrys, appropriate for a company that concerns itself with something as traditionally "feminine" as knitting. By the time I left, however, a bit chagrined and slightly intimidated, I had gotten, thank God, a clue. I didn't expect for my time with the STIK crew to strike me on such a deeply personal level, but it did. Their story is one whose moral is this: people like me who are stuck in ideas about who they should be, like ideas that they should be scientists rather than fashion designers, are just a bunch of assholes.

I know: you're like, it's just a hat for god's sake, I can't believe you're waxing profound on knitwear. But the fact is, while the product is top-quality and on-trend, it wouldn't be the same company without the dynamic of the group behind the scenes, even if the inventory was exactly the same. There is an understanding there that the success of a company isn't strictly the goods it produces. Christina has brought together a community of young women with a shared passion and turned it into a viable business that has garnered attention for the way they have defied expectations. They're knitters, but they aren't elderly women clinging to an antiquated art. They're females (ok, there's one guy, but I didn't meet him) but not one of them fits into a mold, gendered or otherwise. They're doing something they love, but they're not doing it for fun's sake: profit is the end game here. They're business people. Amidst other dinner-party chatter there were brass tacks discussions of non-compete clauses and lawyers and design copyrights and expense reports and ethical sourcing and opportunity costs and marketing strategy and things I had to Google later.

Each item by the Sh*t That I Knit brand is knit by hand, giving every piece a one-of-a-kind quality: allow me to be cheesy and state that these hats are metaphors for the people who create them. This is the company's strength, and so far they've played off it beautifully. I am so excited to see how things take off in the coming months: and while I'm at it, let me say that I'm excited for myself: I've seen what's possible when you believe in your own shit.

Photo by Gretchen Powers

Can we get a HELL YEAH?!

Shit That I Knit Blog | Kickstarter Campaign

 

How we've been feeling this week about our Kickstarter campaign. 

We're kinda happy right now.

Less than one week ago, we launched a Kickstarter campaign with an end goal of $15,000. In less than 24 hours, we reached this goal. 

That being said, we’re not planning on stopping just because we hit our target early (29 days early, but who’s counting). Our Kickstarter will be going strong until October 23! PSA: it's going to be COLD by then and we all have those friends who are constantly chilly. Get 'em all snuggily in a beanie!

By pledging here, you can snag some AMAZING DEALS on Sh*t That I Knit swag while helping us scale our growing business. Be sure to watch Gretchen Power's video. She artfully captured what we're all about and every time we watch it, it gives us the feels.

One thing's for sure, because of the support we've already received, we're all going to have some busy-ass fingers in the next couple months and we can't f*cking wait! 

Thank you for helping us do what we love. Your support means a shit-ton to us.

The STIK Clique

Photo by Gretchen Powers

Check Out our kickstarter here

WE ARE LIVE

Our Kickstarter page launched TODAY!!

Check out the amazing video put together by Gretchen Powers and get some knit shit for the holidays while supporting a great cause.

Why did we start a Kickstarter page?

In the past couple of months, Sh*t That I Knit has been gaining momentum and we’re not planning on stopping any time soon. In order to ensure that we keep moving forward, we are inviting you to get on this fast-moving train so that we can continue to produce high-quality knitwear, made right here in the United States by some amazing young women.

Knitting this sh*t is not cheap and that’s why we need just a li'l help to get us going. We don’t want to outsource our labor to a foreign country or stop using premium materials and compromise the integrity of our brand. However, we do need to keep up with demand. A hand-knit garment has a longer manufacturing lead time than a factory-produced garment. We need to build up inventory to stay ahead of the game and that takes capital up-front. Knitwear can also be seasonal and we’d like to be able to deliver garments to our customers when the air is brisk and when snow is still on the ground.  

Quality is our brand. We believe that it takes quality people and quality materials to make quality sh*t. Help us show others the importance of a garment made with integrity. 

XOXO, 

The STIK Team

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Knitting Socially: A WATG Knit Party

When I signed up for my first Wool and The Gang (WATG) knit party I had no idea what to expect. I bought one ticket for a party in San Francisco. I got on a BART train, which was the temperature of a Bikram yoga class as apparently California didn’t get the memo that it is September, and I got off at Montgomery station with a fresh glow about me (aka I was dripping sweat onto the seat I left behind). Hotel G, the location of the event, was hip in all the right ways--with black, grungy-yet-welcoming walls, velvet upholstery, and employees with prominent tattoos.

First, let’s give a knit party context. Knit parties include yarn, needles, instructions, snacks, alcohol, and (this is the crucial part that makes it different from when I just hang at my house) other people who love to knit. In total, there were around 15-20 others at the party. Mostly women and mostly (to my surprise and delight) under 35. Experience levels varied throughout the group.

We each got a cute little project bag with everything we needed to create their snood, made of chunky-weight wool. The cable cast-on caused issues for some, but the WATG tutorial video played on a projection screen along one wall and “Gang Members” walked around, offering assistance. After a few glasses of wine, our gauges and conversations loosened and we all started to share and help one another.


Shit That I Knit Blog | Wool and the Gang Party

Keep an eye out for some upcoming STIK Knit Knites. We're all about meeting up with other peeps and to get our knit on. Each person I connected with was ecstatic to meet another person who enjoyed knitting. We each thought we were the only ones. Fun nights like this prove to me, again and again, that knittas are out there, enjoying the craft independently. Why not share that love of knitting socially?

XOXO,

The STIK Team

Treat Yo Self W.E.L.L.

The W.E.L.L. Summit, taking place in Beacon Hill November 6-7, has a cute little acronym:

Wellness
Empowerment
Learning
Luxury

not a bad way to live, eh?

We’d like to think that Sh*t That I Knit encourages the same thing, which is why we've become a sponsor of the summit and plan to reveal some of our dope fall styles during the event.

What does this two-day event entail, you ask?

This conference focuses on educating and empowering others to live well. Topics include the “ever-expanding realms of clean eating”, fitness trends, making informed consumer decisions, and exploring eco-friendly beauty products. In addition, intimate break-out groups (of 30 people or less) allow for participants to ask questions and learn in a safe, supportive environment.

Although I predict delicious smelling lotions, flax seed cracker treats, and hemp baby bonnets, all jokes aside, this event sounds like a great place to find like-minded individuals who are passionate about a holistic lifestyle.

Since we’ll be hanging out there, we want to offer a $75 discount on the all-inclusive W.E.L.L. Summit ticket. This offer expires Friday, September 11 at midnight. Enter SHITTHATIKNIT at checkout to receive the discount.

Visit their website here and start getting all zen and shit!

We know we can’t wait for it :)

XOXO

--The STIK team